The "killer" part of ROOL is unfortunately not the desktop market.
The RISC OS desktop market is a good environment to test out ideas, new technologies, OS functionality etc but is ultimately a very small market.
For this to work for Castle they need to sell STB devices in the tens of thousands, collecting royalities along the way. ROOL's roll in this is that it provides a mechanism for releasing parts of RISC OS to third parties so they can customise it to gain competitive advantage over other STB's. Opening RISC OS reduces the barriers that previously made this kind of thing difficult and gives STB makers more options. Lets hope a few jump on board.
Still it is nice that anyone can make changes and improve RISC OS for the desktop market too.
Time to stop posting on Drobe and dig out the C compiler!
Techie docs for mystery Acorn CAD workstation surface Documentation for Acorn's 1988 prototype 'high end' technical publishing workstation have been scanned and published online by collector-of-old-kit Chris Why. The A680 was an advanced Archimedes-series machine that ran Acorn's Unix attempt, RISC iX. It was initially powered by a 25MHz ARM2 and had a 67MB hard disc with up to 8MB of RAM and a monochrome display. 5 comments, latest by davidb on 12/12/08 8:16PM. Published: 10 Dec 2008